We put the tree up last weekend, but didn’t have the chance to pick out new ornaments, as per our holiday tradition. We finally picked some new ones out Saturday and I am glad to announce their inclusion to the Higa Christmas Tree.
First, let’s just address the elephant in the room. Yes, these three ornaments will be affixed to the tree by paper clips. Lynnette informed me that she returned the hooks to the ornament box…which lives downstairs in the garage. So. That wasn’t happening again.
Anyway, this is the third year Lynnette’s opted for an ornament featuring three penguin children playing together. As I look at this year’s ornament, I assume Cole is the penguin on the right because of the blue cap. That means Madison is the penguin on the left wearing the purple scarf because Madison is the queen of wearing unnecessary clothes and also Avery has to be the one in the train because she’s the queen of being places she doesn’t belong. Like atop the entertainment unit, right now, banging the glass door. Hold on.
Madison selected this Minnie and Mickey Mouse ornament with a lever that allows Mickey to pop out from the inside of the snowmouse. I guess Madison’s now at the age where gimmicky ornaments seem like a pretty cool thing. If you’re wondering why she didn’t pick on that lights up or makes music, it’s because her dad is now at that age where he’s not going to spend $30 on an ornament. She looked around for a while before settling on this. We even popped into the Disney Store today to see if they had something there she might like instead, but she couldn’t find anything else. I totally relate because this was one of those years when I had a little trouble picking mine out, too.
I went with this Soundwave ornament. It’s a display version because all the deadstock ones were sold out. Soundwave joins Optimus Prime and Megatron in my G1 Transformer Christmas Ornament Collection. Sadly, this ornament did not come with the bonus Laserbeak, Rumble, Ravage, Frenzy, or Ratbat cassette ornaments. Huge oversight by Hallmark. Anyway, I missed out on Grimlock last year because Hallmark released Tony Romo as well, so that was a no-brainer. I’ve been trying to find the Grimlock in other places online, but they’re a little more expensive than I can stomach right now. Maybe later. For now, I can only hope for a Met or Cowboy next year, or maybe some super cool Star Wars character from The Last Jedi.
Beyond our fulfilling our Christmas tradition today, we also went Christmas shopping. I have to shout out the twins on being mostly well-behaved today. They didn’t run away, roll around in the fake grass, or stick their hands and arms into the fish water. They sat and ate patiently during lunch, and they kept the mess to a minimum, which is basically all you can ask. Also big ups to Lynnette who was even more alluring than usual today. I couldn’t quite put my finger on why, but it might have had something to do with her new sunglasses that give her a kick-ass-Linda-Hamilton-in-Terminator-2-Judgment-Day kind of vibe. That’s hot. I dig that. It might also have been the fact that she drove me through Kakaako and downtown so I could look for new Pokemon. That’s love, baby.